The government has decided to introduce an insurance scheme for Buddhist monks.
The proposal for this purpose has been submitted to the cabinet of ministers for its approval, Buddha Sasana Ministry sources said.
This insurance scheme will cover Buddhist monks serving in state institutions, teaching in government schools as well as student monks in pirivenas or monastic colleges, reports Timesonline.
Thousands of student Buddhist monks are receiving education in over 720 pirivenas, the oldest specialist Buddhist education establishment in Sri Lanka.
Over 10,000 monks are currently serving in government institutions mostly in schools as teachers, a senior official of the Ministry revealed.